It’s the 96th straight year for the presidential tradition.
Mrs. Trump hit the switch to light the tree after her husband did a countdown from 10, urging audience members to join in.
Kusi News reports:
The first lighting took place on Christmas Eve in 1923, when President Calvin Coolidge lit a Christmas tree in front of 3,000 spectators.
The National Christmas Tree is a living Colorado blue spruce. It is surrounded by 56 smaller trees featuring ornaments from every state and territory and the District of Columbia.
On behalf of @FLOTUS Melania and the entire Trump family, I want to wish you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS! May this Christmas Season bring peace to your hearts, warmth to your homes, cheer to your spirits and JOY TO THE WORLD! #NCTL2018🎄 pic.twitter.com/XNMJQ5JDSU
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2018
From Kusi News